Skiers and riders will have more terrain to navigate at Steamboat Ski Resort this weekend as the resort opens Elkhead and Sundown Express chairlifts and 11 new trails across Sunshine Peak on Saturday.

“We are preparing for a wonderful holiday season in Ski Town, U.S.A., and one of the first steps in that direction is opening more terrain for skiers and riders to enjoy,” said Chris Diamond, president and chief operating officer for Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. “Our mountain teams have done a tremendous job busting through the unique crust layer we experienced last week in order to open new terrain. We will continue to focus on providing more lifts and trails as we near the end of the year.”

On Saturday, December 6, the open terrain at the resort will expand to nearly 730 acres with the addition of Elkhead and Sundown Express chairlifts with access to Rolex, See Me, Westside, Broadway, Rendezvous Way and Sundial. In addition, upper portions of Flintlock, Quick Draw, Sunshine Lift Line and Tomahawk as well as lower portions of High Noon, One O’Clock and Two O’Clock will offer new terrain for skiers and riders eager to play in the Sunshine Bowl area.

Following the opening of Elkhead and Sundown, the resort will have 25% of terrain open, including 7 chairlifts and 54 trails (52%-green trails, 34%-blue trails, 21%-blue/black trails and 11%-black/expert trails) across 729 acres and 3,472 vertical feet of skiing and riding. Mountain crews will then turn their attention to Sunshine Express chairlift and opening additional terrain in Sunshine Bowl. The resort will continue to open terrain across the mountain as snow and weather conditions allow.

The forecast is calling for a very slight chance of snow at Steamboat’s highest elevations through the weekend and temperatures in the 20s and 30s at the resort’s lower levels. Snowmaking crews will take advantage of weather patterns that are conducive to snowmaking to create more coverage of open trails as well as focus on additional terrain.  The resort is currently reporting a 24-inch base at mid-mountain and 26-inch base at the summit.

Steamboat is preparing for a magical holiday season with special family events though the end of the year. Celebrate the season at the Steamboat Holiday Festival on December 21, when Santa Claus arrives in western style on horseback and activities include the stocking scramble, cookie decorating, story time and a special holiday concert by The Face Vocal Band from NBC’s “The Sing Off” and “America’s Got Talent.” The holiday celebrations continue with the Kids Torchlight Parade on December 26th and the resorts annual New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks display on December 31. Visit www.steamboat.com to find out more information about events and activities in December at Steamboat Ski Resort.